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Thursday, May 2

10:30am PDT

Changing Perceptions in the Tourism Accommodation Industry
Set against one of New Zealand's most stunning natural backdrops, Camp Glenorchy has been created with beauty, comfort and sensory delight in mind whilst achieving Zero Energy in operation. Designed to challenge preconceptions that sustainability within tourism accommodation infers sacrifice, this session offers opportunities to learn how collaboration technically and creatively can create the potential to instigate change. In this session you will hear from the visionaries behind Camp Glenorchy, academic research, the technical team and the operations team behind New Zealand’s first Zero Energy visitor accommodation in an informal presentation with opportunity for Q&A.

This session will provide a broad cross section of insight into how a project has created a thriving hub within a small rural community, created financial growth and an abundance of rich experiences for visitors. Hear from the visionary couple behind the idea for Camp Glenorchy, stories of collaboration amongst a community and between the community and the design/construction team. Debbi will talk to the aesthetic vision for the campsite, the use of local artists and craftspeople, recycled materials and how inspiration was drawn from the natural patterns and place based relationships in the Glenorchy environs.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.5 LFA credits
  • 1.5 AIA LU|HSW credits

avatar for Debbi Brainerd

Debbi Brainerd

Founder and Visionary, The Headwaters
Debbi is passionate about beauty and the guest experience, and her vision has resulted in a warm, welcoming environment at Camp Glenorchy, featuring the work of local artists and craftspeople that bring heart and soul to the project. Prior to creating Camp Glenorchy, Debbi and Paul... Read More →
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Paul Brainerd

Founder and Visionary, The Headwaters
Paul created the technical vision for Camp Glenorchy as a demonstrable example of how tourism accommodation can make a paradigm shift towards sustainable design and operation without compromise on comfort. As well as founder of the Brainerd Foundation, Paul is a founding member of... Read More →
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Ailsa Carroll

Sustainability Coordinator, The Headwaters
Ailsa is the Sustainability Coordinator at The Headwaters, a sustainability-focused accommodation and retail destination in Glenorchy, New Zealand. As a part of her role, she is the onsite lead for Camp Glenorchy's pursuit of Petal accreditation, the associated monitoring, and the... Read More →
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Tricia Love

Director, Tricia Love Consultants Ltd
Tricia is a mechanical services engineer with 25 years experience in the construction sector who has been immersed exclusively for the last 6 years designing and facilitating certified or aspiring Living Buildings within New Zealand. She has been the lead sustainability consultant... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Willapa Room #512

2:00pm PDT

Building a Community of Practice: King County Living Building Challenge Accelerator
King County and the 39 cities in King County have a formal shared goal to reduce countywide sources of greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.  King County and 13 cities have a joint commitment to achieve net zero GHG emissions in new buildings by 2030. The King County Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) establishes a target of 100% of King County projects achieve certifications demonstrating a net zero GHG emissions footprint for new facilities and infrastructure by 2030, and includes a commitment to identify and register 10 ZE/LBC projects by 2020. The projects will be built in multiple jurisdictions throughout the county, increasing the opportunities for regional code and policy advancement.

Through extensive collaborative efforts, both internally in King County government and externally with the International Living Future Institute and city jurisdictions, King County has been able to build a framework to accomplish this goal. This framework has resulted in further increasing awareness of emissions reduction opportunities in the built environment, increasing awareness of the Living Building Challenge, and establishing replicable tools and practices to initiate ZE/LBC projects for public work, infrastructure, and industrial type projects.

This session will feature speakers from the County's collective effort, representing executive level staff, project representatives, city representatives, and ILFI partners. Speakers will share policies, lessons learned, best practices, project details, and feasibility assessment tools with attendees that can be replicated in other jurisdictions. The information presented can be useful for attendees whether they are representing government agencies themselves, working on government projects, or even hoping to bring ZE/LBC to their local jurisdiction. Furthermore, there are significant opportunities to scale up these examples and impact different public work industries across the country – such as solid waste and recycling management, wastewater treatment, parks and recreation, mass transit and affordable housing. Demonstrating examples of local government taking action, surfacing and solving barriers, and making significant shifts in practice to meet GHG emissions reductions is timely and significant in the context of current federal affairs.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.5 LFA credits
  • 1.5 AIA LU|HSW credits

avatar for Ruthann Dunn

Ruthann Dunn

Project Program Manager, King County, Metro Transit Department (MTD)
Ruthann Dunn manages the King County Metro Transit Division (MTD) Comfort Station Program, leading MTD’s groundbreaking efforts in providing basic human needs to its front line employees. The industry-leading effort has led to calls for guidance from transit agencies across the... Read More →
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Kathleen Smith

Vice President, Living Buildings, International Living Future Institute
As Vice President of Living Buildings, Kathleen oversees all aspects of the program including its continued evolution as the most innovative green building standard in the world. In addition, she provides strategic and technical consulting services with projects, institutions, and... Read More →
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Megan Smith

Energy and Climate Policy Director, King County
Megan Smith is the Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives for King County, Washington. She leads climate change and energy initiatives across King County government's diverse lines of business. She works to advance clean energy and climate change goals at the community scale... Read More →
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Brenda Bradford

Capital Project Manager/Architect, King County
Brenda Bradford is a licensed Architect in Washington State and a LEED AP. She is currently a Capital Project Manager and Architect for the King County Parks and Recreation Division who is leading the Renton Operations and Maintenance Shop Project, one of the County's 10 ZE/LBC projects... Read More →
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Miranda Redinger

Senior Planner, City of Shoreline
Miranda grew up in the mountains of Virginia and attended the University of Virginia's School of Architecture under Dean William McDonough, who inspired her with "waste-equals-food" and "cradle-to-cradle" sustainable design principles. She joined the City of Shoreline in 2007 and... Read More →
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David Broustis

Energy Manager, King County
David Broustis is the Energy Manager at the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. David has worked in the resource conservation field for over 25 years, at a variety of local governments, utilities and organizations across the Seattle region. His work has focused... Read More →
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Patti Southard

Program Manager, King County Green Tools
Patti Southard is the program manager for Green Tools green building program in King County Washington. At King County Southard runs the Sustainable Cities Program which focuses on coordinating all of King County's cities on built environment and climate related policies. In addition... Read More →
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Nori Catabay

Project Program Manager, King County Green Tools
Nori Catabay works for the GreenTools program in King County Washington and leads the internal King County Green Building Team. She provides green building technical assistance and training to County capital projects and manages the King County Sustainable Infrastructure Scorecard... Read More →
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Jennifer Kim

Capitol Project Manager, King County Parks
Jennifer is a capital project manager in the capital projects section of King County Parks, where she works on facility improvement projects for Parks structures. She is a licensed architect and worked in architecture and urban design offices in California and New York and recently... Read More →
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Tina Rogers

Capital Planning Section Manager, King County Metro
Tina Rogers is Capital Planning Section Manager for King County Metro and is leading the effort to coordinate capital investment decisions for Metro’s six-year planned spending of $2.4 billion. Prior to Metro, Ms. Rogers led the Capital Projects Oversight program at the King County... Read More →
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Liz Korb

King County Wastewater Division
Liz Korb is an environmental engineer and project manager. She has worked for King County Wastewater Division for four years after working many years on the consulting side of the business. Liz is the project manager for the Jameson/ArcWeld building, which is pursuing Petal Certification... Read More →
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Doug Chin

Capital Project Manager, King County Solid Waste Division
Doug Chin is a Project Management Institute (PMI) certified project management professional (PMP).  He is currently a Capital Project Manager for the King County Solid Waste Division who is leading the South County Recycling and Transfer Station Project, one of the County's 10 ZE/LBC... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Willapa Room #512

3:45pm PDT

REthinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy: The RESTORE Project
Sustainable buildings and facilities are critical to a future that is socially just, ecologically restorative, culturally rich and economically viable within the climate change context. Despite over a decade of strategies and programmes, progress on built environment sustainability fails to address these key issues. Consequently, the built environment sector no longer has the luxury of being incrementally less bad, but, with urgency, needs to adopt net-positive, restorative sustainability thinking to incrementally do ‘more good’.

This session will focus on the work that the COST RESTORE project has been achieving in Europe over the last two years to accelerate the adoption and awareness of restorative buildings. The session will review research, collaboration and projects that have emerged from this partnership of 130 organizations and institutions. The panellists will elaborate also on how the Living Building Challenge can bring restorative principles to building projects through this Action across Europe.

(COST is an EU-funded programme that enables researchers to set up their interdisciplinary research networks in Europe and beyond.)

The audience will be provided with three brief visual and oral presentations, introducing innovative elements of discussion. The following debate among the presenters will give the opportunity to go more in detail, with focus on the feasibility of the solutions envisioned. Moreover, an adequate space will be done for questions and answers from the audience, to stimulate new way of thinking and approaches, and critical contributions useful for the understanding of the described scenario.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU|HSW credits

avatar for Carlo Battisti

Carlo Battisti

Sustainable Innovation Manager, Chair COST Action RESTORE, EURAC Research
Degree in Civil Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan, about twenty years of experience in construction companies. Master in Management and Organizational Development at MIP International Business School. Certified Project Manager IPMA®. LEED®, Living Future and WELL Accredited... Read More →
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Martin Brown

Sustainability Provocateur and Consultant, Fairsnape
A "Sustainability Provocateur", Martin is founder of Fairsnape and has over 40 years' experience within the built environment sector, within project management, businesses. Martin's latest book, "FutuREstorative: Working Towards a New Sustainability" furthers the debate on new sustainability... Read More →
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Emanuele Naboni

Associate Professor of Sustainable Design, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Emanuele is Associate Professor of Sustainable Design at KADK. He is involved is involved in several European and International funded projects. He is visiting a visiting professor at EPFL in Lausanne. Previously, he was for years researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Willapa Room #512
Friday, May 3

10:30am PDT

When More is Better: ILFI Volume Certification Programs
With over 100 certified and 500 registered projects, the Living Building Challenge is growing fast. Over the last few years, projects have grown in size, complexity, and geographic reach. Now projects are replicating. Through ILFI’s new volume certification program, companies and organizations are pursuing certification across their entire portfolios and campuses. Earlier adopters span industries and sectors including tech, retail, hospitality, government, affordable housing, and market rate development. The approaches and pathways vary from creation of design standards that apply across diverse building types to development of replicable prototypes; and from zero carbon and zero energy to Petal and Living certification. The models vary but the goals are the same – scaling impact and moving more quickly toward a Living Future for All.  
Learning Objectives:
  1. Articulate the benefits of volume certification for owners and the environment.
  2. Describe how to apply Zero Carbon and Zero Energy Certification across a portfolio.
  3. Understand how documentation and the audit process are streamlined in volume certification. 
  4. Compare volume certification approaches for certifying a prototype across a variety of locations versus a variety of buildings in one location.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.5 LFA credits
  • 1.5 AIA LU credits

avatar for Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith

Vice President, Living Buildings, International Living Future Institute
As Vice President of Living Buildings, Kathleen oversees all aspects of the program including its continued evolution as the most innovative green building standard in the world. In addition, she provides strategic and technical consulting services with projects, institutions, and... Read More →
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James Connelly

Vice President, Strategic Growth, ILFI
A GreenBiz 30 under 30 sustainable business leader, James Connelly is the Vice President of Product and Strategic Growth at the International Living Future Institute.As VP of Strategic Growth, he leads ILFI in developing strategy and cultivating new business and partnership opportunities... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Willapa Room #512

2:00pm PDT

Delivering on the World's Most Sustainable Shopping Centre
This talk is based upon the Burwood Brickworks project - a multi-tenanted retail building in Melbourne, Australia. The Brickworks is attempting to be the world's first “Living Shopping Centre”, generating more energy than it consumes, capturing, cleaning, and recirculating all of its water, using a healthy materials palette, and integrating Australia’s first rooftop urban farm on top of the shopping mall.

This talk will provide a specific focus not on the technicalities of each feature of the building, but on the strategies, solutions, and failures that are making it possible to engage with a large number of people in a way that is often not possible. A direct call to action for true collaboration, Peri will describe how the project is existing in a challenging commercial context. Through working together with numerous people over a long period of time, the project so far has been able to engage those in industry as well as the general public in a refreshing way - at a scale not yet seen before. It describes some of the best practice approaches taken, sharing the learning from successes, and the frustrations endured in the process.

The talk will focus on the commercial reality of shopping centres more generally, and how this has provided a difficult, but not impossible starting point! Peri will also discuss the concept of shared value - a management strategy that delegates can learn from and take away to their organisations, to create business value by addressing social challenges. This has been a key tenet of the Burwood Brickworks shopping centre development, because the goal has always been to achieve financial success without the expense of other loftier goals. Inspired by Australia’s commitment to target zero carbon emissions for new buildings by 2030, Frasers Property Australia embraced the concept of shared value as a framework for the development of other the Brickworks. The approach started with a commitment to the triple-bottom line: a quantifiable financial benefit to the company, coupled with measurable positive impact on the community and regeneration in the environment. In the process, the project will set a new global benchmark in terms of what’s possible for retail development more generally. The project seeks to prove that environmental performance is possible, without losing the financial and social benefits - key to getting serious investment from the private sector.

Finally, Peri will share how he has worked with a team of passionate individuals, with their eyes on achieving something extraordinary. He will talk about the conditions that make it possible for a commercial developer with the standard financial hurdles to do a project like the Brickworks, and underline the true backbone of the project's ability to target such success - the culture of the team behind it.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

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Peri Macdonald

Executive General Manager, Retail, Frasers Property Australia
Peri has a responsibility for all aspects of Frasers Property Australia's retail business including capital transactions, development structuring, management and delivery, and asset management. Peri is also a member of Frasers Property Australia Executive Management Team.

Friday May 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Willapa Room #512

3:30pm PDT

The PAE Portland Living Building: Challenges of Developing a Living Building in an Investor-Driven Model
PAE is a mechanical and electrical engineering firm that has helped design 23 Net Zero Energy and 7 Living Buildings, including the Bullitt Center and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Innovation Center. The firm’s Seattle Office is located in the Bullitt Center and has experienced the benefits of working in a Living Building. When their Portland Office outgrew its space they needed to find a new home for their 150 Oregon employees. Building their own Living Building was their first choice. PAE partnered with ZGF Architects (who was also part of the RMI Innovation Center project), Gerding Edlen Development (GED), and Walsh Construction to make the project a reality.

The project is programmed as a roughly 55,000 square foot, 5-story office building in downtown Portland and is still in development. PAE, ZGF, Walsh and GED will have ownership stake, but the project is also pursuing outside investor and bank financing. The financial model is typical for speculative urban development – and this is what makes it unique among Living Buildings. Of the 61 Living Buildings currently certified, only one is a non-owner occupied commercial office: the Bullitt Center, which also houses the Bullitt Foundation headquarters. If the project can be brought to reality, it may be the first investor-driven Living Building and will present a replicable model for this common urban building type.

This session includes the developer, architect, and tenant/engineer for the project and will lay out not only the technical challenges, but also the financial implications of a Living Building as a real estate investment. The technical implications of Net Positive Energy and Net Positive Water are well understood. Net Positive goals lead towards buildings with very low energy and water use, and energy and water collection systems as well as waste-treatment equipment such as composters. Less widely appreciated by the technical community may be how these systems affect lease rates and operating expenses.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

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Marc Brune

PE, LEED AP, Principal, PAE
Marc is a mechanical engineer and Principal with PAE. He leads teams in passive, resilient, and net zero strategies with projects such as the Bullitt Center, Rocky Mountain Institute, The Kendeda Building, and the PAE Living Building. He is grateful to be part of a community working... Read More →
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Kathy Berg

Partner, ZGF Architects
Over the course of Kathy Berg's 20-year career, she has worked on master plans and detailed project programs, mixed-use districts, corporate offices, research and development facilities, athletic facilities, residential buildings, higher education facilities, and museums and art installations... Read More →
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Jill Sherman

Partner, Gerding Edlen
Jill leads Gerding Edlen's public-private partnerships and build-to-suit projects for non-profit & for-profit organizations, facilitating the important work of nonprofits and public agencies in our communities. She manages new business development and all predevelopment activities... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Willapa Room #512